Past Life Regression (PLR)
This is an interesting one! Past Life Regression is considered by many to be a New Age gimmick however, many eminent psychiatrists and psychologists (eg Dr Brian Weiss) have documented case studies in which subjects have remembered what appeared to be past lives. In addition to PLR there is a phenomenon that has been documented called “Lives Between Lives” (LBL) in which some people have recalled being in a spirit state awaiting the next incarnation. Dr Michael Newton is one of the leading proponents of this.
However, the concept of Past Life Regression goes back much further: it is mentioned in the Upanishads of Ancient India and also in the religious mythology of Ancient China. Reincarnation is a concept that many cultures of the world have no problem accepting – to them it is a given. Consider this – His Holiness the 14th Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of Tibet was recognised and accepted at the age of two as the reincarnation of the previous Dalai Lama. He is held in high esteem world-wide as a man of deep wisdom and is certainly not viewed as a madman whatever your belief system!
In a therapeutic setting, Regression Technique (ie for a client’s current life) is used frequently by psychotherapists and hypnotherapists to help the clients explore hidden subconscious memories and thereby enable them to release emotional blockages and mental complexes. As part of my hypnotherapy training in regression technique I was also taught how to handle a past life regression as they sometimes arise spontaneously when clients are taken back under hypnosis to an initial sensitising event (ISE). Prior to my hypnotherapy training, however, for a number of years I investigated and experienced the phenomenon of Past Life Regression for myself through my study with Clairvision, the meditation school founded by Samuel Sagan, a French doctor. He developed a system called Inner Space Interactive Sourcing or ISIS for short. PLR is a transpersonal technique allowing deep explorations and releases and which introduces a much-needed metaphysical dimension into therapy.
Do you have to believe in reincarnation to experience PLR? Surprising though it may seem, it is not necessary to believe in past lives in order to experience the regression process and benefit from it. Even if you think your past life flashbacks are just a figment of your imagination, past life regression can be a very useful form of dissociation which facilitates access to important messages from the deep unconscious. Some clients are more comfortable with the idea that a past life regression experience is a powerful and highly useful metaphor for what is going on in the subconscious. Whatever your stance, what matters most with these regression experiences is not whether they come from past lives, but what sort of insight and improvement they can bring to your present life.
Clients are often drawn to PLR for the purpose of self-development and spiritual reasons and not necessarily for therapeutic reasons but there is always a level of healing attained by these deep, inner journeys.
NB PLR sessions are longer than the normal one hour session.